Heidi Allen, who quit the Tories with Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston on Wednesday, believes “a third” of Conservative MPs are unhappy in Theresa May’s party. Last night, Tory grandee Dominic Grieve vowed to resign if the Prime Minister’s government left the EU without a deal. Labour MP Ian Austin said he would “think long and hard” about his position after eight Labour MPs resigned this week.
It comes as Remainer Cabinet ministers reportedly warned Mrs May to delay Brexit if no deal is voted through at next week’s Commons vote.
Mrs May was ordered to extend Article 50 or face a mass rebellion at next Wednesday’s Withdrawal Agreement vote.
One minister said: “The PM has a choice, and that was made clear to her.
“Either take no deal off the table by extending Article 50 or she will have to sack the lot of us, and still be defeated.”
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is calling for eight Labour MPs who quit the party to resign as MPs and stand for election.
Mr Corbyn will meet EU leaders for Brexit talks as he claims he will try to block a no deal.
He will meet the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier as well as European Parliament Brexit co-ordinagtor Guy Verhofstadt.
It comes just 24 hours after Mrs May’s latest meeting with European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker.
In a video released last night, Mr Corbyn called on rebel MPs to quit their seats as it is the “democratic thing to do”.
8.02am update: Corbyn takes swipe at ‘DAMAGING’ May’s Brexit approach
Jeremy Corbyn fired a broadside at Theresa May’s Brexit approach ahead of his Brussels talks with EU chiefs on Thursday.
The Labour leader accused the prime minister of using a “damaging” strategy and warned her against backing a no deal.
Mr Corbyn said: “We are saying loud and clear that there is no majority for no deal, and Labour will be working with politicians across the house to prevent a no deal outcome which would be so damaging to our economy and communities.
“Labour respects the result of the referendum, but we do not support the Prime Minister’s damaging approach which is focused more on appeasing factions of her party than finding a sensible solution that works for the whole country.”
07.48am update: Food prices could SOAR after no-deal Brexit
There are fears a no-deal Brexit could see food tariffs rocket by at least 40 per cent.
The price of beef and cheddar cheese could soar after March 29, 2019, when Britain exits the EU, according to British and Irish food bosses.
World Trade Organisation tariffs imposed after a no-deal Brexit could see import duties rise on everyday food items, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) fears.